Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Grasso calls for more light on Italy's years of terrorism

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Rome, May 9 - The Senate Speaker on Thursday said
much needed to be done to ensure that the whole truth be
revealed behind Italy's decades of political violence and
terrorism.
"Remembering is not enough," said Pietro Grasso on Victims
of Terrorism Memorial Day. "We must have the iron will to know
the entire truth, even that which has remained hidden, and to
understand why it has not been possible to fully shine light on
the massacres".
Left- and right-wing extremist violence known as the 'years
of lead' marked the 1970s and 1980s in Italy, including the
kidnapping and murder of former Italian premier Aldo Moro in on
this day in 1978 by members of the Marxist-Leninist Red Brigades
(BR).
Earlier in the day Grasso, along with House Speaker Laura
Boldrini and President Giorgio Napolitano, laid a wreath in
Rome's via Caetani, where Moro's bullet-ridden body was
discovered in the trunk of a car.
Since his death, theories have been rife on the possibility
of the terrorists being infiltrated and manipulated by
politicians and secret services working to keep the Italian
Communist Party out of power and take revenge for Moro's
overtures to them.
The full complement and identities of all the terrorists
who took part in the attack on Moro have never been
satisfactorily established.
It has also been frequently suggested that security forces
did not do enough to free Moro, and that the BR was 'used' to
assassinate him.
The last probe into his kidnapping was shelved in 2008.
"As a political representative, I feel responsible for our
judicial system that has failed to find the truth in time to
bring about justice," said Grasso. "The truth is now known and
the murderers have confessed. Never again shall justice be
denied".
Details surrounding many other violent incidents in the
period remain unknown.
The president said Italy's ability to overcome the years of
lead proves the country is capable of solving its current
economic crisis and political divisions, marked by a left-right
coalition government that was forged after two months of
political stalemate following February's inconclusive elections.
"Italy has overcome not just moments of tension but tragic
periods as well that exposed it to extreme risk," he said.
"If we could overcome those moments, we can overcome the
current challenges".

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